CHOUTEAU, OK —
Chouteau's surprising season ended just as surprisingly Friday with a 10-3 loss to Kiefer in a Class 2A district elimination game at H.L. Burton Field.
"We had a great season that just didn't end like we wanted it to," CHS head coach Matt Tramel said. "But the foundation has been laid."
Chouteau (28-7) took a 2-0 lead through two innings. Kiefer, playing as the home team, cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the third, and Chouteau matched the Trojans with a run of their own in the fourth.
In the bottom of the inning, Kiefer took the lead for good with four runs and added five in the fifth for the final margin.
Chouteau set a school record for wins in a single season with 28, besting the previous mark of 26.
Game 2: Chouteau 2, Kiefer 1 (Thursday)
Conner Darnell hit the eventual game-winning single and struck out the final Kiefer batter to force a third game with a 2-1 Chouteau victory.
Darnell's RBI single in the second inning gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead, which held until the bottom of the sixth inning. The Trojans put the tying run at second base in the seventh inning before Darnell made sure the upstart Wildcats would see another day.
Tyler Blalock's RBI single in the first inning scored CJ Hunter for Chouteau's only other run of the game.
Game 1: Kiefer 6, Chouteau 3 (Thursday)
Kiefer stunned Chouteau in the first game of their district series by a 6-3 count.
Tyler Blalock and Austin Hershberger hit RBI singles in the first inning to give the Wildcats their expected early advantage, but Kiefer struck back with three runs in the third inning.
The Trojans added another run in the fifth and two in the seventh, and Chouteau could only muster one run in the bottom of the seventh.
Doug Mynahan (10-1) absorbed his first loss of the year despite fanning 10 Trojans.